WHAT is the best way to stop teenagers from committing crimes? Some politicians think it is harsher punishment for young offenders. This theory was put to the test in 2010, when Denmark lowered the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 14, meaning that 14-year-olds now face the criminal-justice system rather than social services. The […]
He did it again: Boris Johnson, UK foreign secretary, exhumed the old referendum-campaign lie that leaving the EU would free up £350m a week for the National Health Service. I think we can skip the well-worn details, because while the claim is misleading, its main purpose is not to mislead but to distract. The growing […]
NOT since the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 have more people crossed an international border in a shorter span of time than currently from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The post The flow of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh shows no sign of abating appeared first on Adam Smith Blog.
Matthew Feeney The FBI has identified a new threat: the “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE), whose perceptions of police brutality are very likely to serve as justification for violence toward police officers, according to a counterterrorism document recently obtained by Foreign Policymagazine The murder of police officers is clearly wrong and tragic, but in creating this […]
Ryan Bourne Opponents of the Republican tax-reform framework are adept at intellectual contortion. On the one hand, they bemoan that the proposed changes will widen the budget deficit. On the other, they denounce that eliminating some deductions will make certain households worse off. Since net tax cuts, and hence higher initial deficits, are the only […]
Thaya Brook Knight A decade after the start of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and seven years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, it seems both the legislative and executive branches may be making small steps toward financial regulatory reform. Earlier this month, the Treasury Department released the second in a series of reports on the U.S. […]